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Clearwater Valley News: Event includes ‘tastes of heaven’


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— I had fun tasting a variety of food with some friends at the Taste of the Clearwater event in Kooskia on Saturday night. Five Kooskia-Kamiah restaurants provided small plates of some of their favorite foods while Cloninger’s provided beer and wine. Kooskia Café, The Hub Bar & Grill, Backroads Diner, The Log Yard and the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill hosted the food booths. After tasting all of the food, people voted for their favorite restaurant, with Kamiah Hotel winning the people’s choice award for the second year.

Jonathan Cooper, who lives in Stites, proclaimed all of the food “wicked” good! He recommended the Backroads Diner’s macaroni and cheese and everything from the Log Yard. Helen Martorano Zanoli of Harpster Heights described the Kooskia Café’s huckleberry cheesecake as a “burst of heaven.” I loved the flatiron steak and mushrooms from the Kamiah Hotel and the chicken pot pie from the Log Yard. The Hub’s peanut butter chocolate dessert was like eating a cool fluffy Snickers bar.

In addition to the food and drinks, many local businesses and individuals donated gift baskets that were raffled off during each of the two seatings. Gift baskets contained items as varied as oil changes and massages, with homemade craft items, too.

Sunnie, Louise and Fern from the Greater Kooskia Chamber of Commerce did an amazing job organizing and making sure everything ran smoothly for the 5 and 7 p.m. seatings. An estimated 100 people attended each seating. The proceeds of the event help pay for Kooskia Days next summer. A great community effort!

The Outpost (the main floor of the Opera House building) was decorated beautifully. This is a nice event center with a long history. It was built in 1912 and used as an opera house until the mid-1920s. Mike and Marcia Graves restored it as a theater and event center in the mid 1980s and has been a great venue for a variety of events.

Do you like to bake? The Kamiah Save the Pool Annual Crab Feed committee could use your help. They are looking for donations of cookies and cupcakes in lots of two or three dozen that they can sell at the Crab Feed. The event is for three nights, Jan. 26-28. In past years, they have had more than 600 people attend, so they need a lot of desserts by the 26th. Call Michelle at 553-1011 for info. If you haven’t bought your tickets for the 40th annual Crab Feed yet, they are available for $35 and you can buy them at the Kamiah Flower Shoppe. The event will be at the American Legion Hall.


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